The purpose of the 2020 Virtual African American Graduation Celebration (AAGC) is to provide an African-centered ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates, and the support received from family and friends. The African American Graduation Celebration provides a forum where excellence among students can be celebrated and achievements acknowledged. It is not an alternative graduation, but rather a celebration of success.

Bridging the past with our present, the African American Graduation Celebration serves as a cultural rite of passage that recognizes and affirms all graduating students who have completed a rigorous course of study at WSU. The African American Graduation Celebration is an African-centered ceremony that honors undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who have successfully completed their studies at Wayne State University. Additionally, we will be honoring four (4) of our fallen warriors who are now among our ancestors. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE), Office of Federal TRIO, Black Student Union (BSU), Department of African American Studies, Organization of Black Alumni (OBA) and the Alumni Association.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Performed by Committed - Produced by A P-Gates Production

Timing of segments:

Opening - 0:00

Libations - 2:42

Musical Selection - 10:14

University Welcome - 14:32

Congratulatory Remarks - 27:26

Rites of Passage - 30.00

Student Keynote - 38:00

Congratulatory Remarks - 41:12

Presentation of Graduates - 42:55

Closing Remarks - 1:05

Acknowledgments - 1:07


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